A Breton cottage garden
fine art painting
fine art painting
fine art painting

Joseph Milner Kite

English ( b.1862 - d.1946 )

A Breton cottage garden

  • Oil on panel
  • Signed lower right

Image size 12.8 inches x 8.5 inches ( 32.5cm x 21.5cm )
Frame size 16.7 inches x 12.4 inches ( 42.5cm x 31.5cm )


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Available for sale from Big Sky Fine Art; this original oil painting by Joseph Milner Kite.
The painting is presented and supplied in a sympathetic contemporary frame.
The painting is signed lower right.

Joseph Milner Kite was a painter of portraits, figure subjects and still life. He was born in Taunton, Devon in 1862. He moved to London in 1881, then to Antwerp where he was a student at the Academie Royal for two years. In 1883, he moved to Paris where he studied at the Academie Julian and made a number of influential affiliations. He travelled to paint to Normandy and Pont-Avent in 1886, Grez-sur-Loing in 1889 and lived in Tangiers from 1887-89. He then settled in Paris where he worked for the rest of his life. From 1884 he exhibited at the principal London galleries, chiefly at the Royal Academy and at the Paris Salon, and later the Salon National. He died in France in 1946.

This charming original oil painting depicts a view to a Breton cottage through the garden. The cottage is whitewashed with a dark green painted door and small paned windows. It has a blond thatch roof of straw. There are figures by the front door; it seems that a mother and child are going out, and pause to speak to another, perhaps older female figure who is wearing an apron over her long dress. We suspect that she is staying there and may be wishing them a good trip or simply exchanging pleasantries. The figures who are leaving are wearing hats. The scene is framed by tall green tress and an abundance of flowers, including blue Lupins or similar tall flowers and smaller yellow flowers. There is a path leading from a small open white painted gate to the front door of the cottage. Beyond the gate, outside of the cottage garden there are light green grass verges. The sky above is a pale blue with light cloud. The overall impression is of a sunny pleasant rural scene, nostalgic in nature.